Webster technique and prenatal care

Webster technique and prenatal care

Over the weekend I had the pleasure of traveling to Seattle to attend the Webster Certification Seminar, put on by the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) of which I am a member, to expand my pre and perinatal care knowledge. Working with my Momma’s-To-Be has quickly become one of my favorite parts of practice and the seminar further invigorated me to continue providing the best chiropractic care that I can to these women. It is no surprise to hear that pregnancy takes a great toll on women’s bodies. But what exactly are the changes that lead to discomfort and even pain? Biomechanically, her center of gravity shifts forward due to her growing belly and breast tissue. This moves the distribution and increases the weight to her pelvic structures leading to less than optimal pressure through those joints, nerves, and musculature. That in turn can lead to damage to those structures. Gait compensations and the increase of ligament-relaxing hormones add to those stresses and can exacerbate the injuries. Despite the tremendous neuro-musculoskeletal demands of growing a new life, seeing a chiropractor regularly throughout pregnancy can help to make sure her spinal and pelvic structures are balanced and properly functioning, as well as clear of any interference that might interrupt the flow of nervous innervation from the spinal cord. Chiropractic is safe and effective for both the mother and baby and there are no additional contraindications for treating pregnant women than there would be applied to any other patient population. Numerous studies have shown that chiropractic adjustments help with pregnancy-related low back pain and can decrease pain during labor. In one study from the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, the authors compared two groups of pregnant women with low back pain. One group received regular chiropractic care whereas the other did not. The group under the care of chiropractors reported less pain during pregnancy and labor (Diakow, Gadsby, Gleddie, Leprich, Scales; Back pain during pregnancy and labor. JMPT 1991;14(2):116-8). Although chiropractic students learn how to care for pregnant women in their curriculum, one technique that chiropractic physicians can utilize in their evaluations of pregnant patients is the Webster Technique. The Webster Technique is a biomechanical evaluation of the pelvic joints, muscles, and ligaments in an effort to restore balance and proper nervous innervation in order to provide the optimal environment for the mother and child. Having a detailed understanding of the lumbo-pelvic rhythm and biomechanics of the pelvis, as well as exam skills to locate and adjust joint fixations, chiropractors are in a prime position to offer outstanding care to the pregnant population. And I, for one, am thrilled to be doing...

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the necessity of good sleep

the necessity of good sleep

Why regular sleep is essential to good health and what to do if you’re not making the cut Melatonin is naturally secreted by our pineal gland in our brain in response to darkness and in accordance with your circadian rhythm, your body’s internal clock that oscillates parallel to the 24-hour daily cycles of the earth.  Melatonin is typically secreted between 9-10 PM, but this can be affected by a number of factors; having the TV on in the room, jet lag, lack of bright sunlight exposure during the day, temperature over 70 degrees in your bedroom, to name only a few.   The importance of getting a restful night’s sleep cannot be under stated.  It is essential to mood, mental clarity, cognition, memory, immune system functioning, weight gain/retention, hormone secretion and regulation, and gene expression.  Some research is even showing a lack of sleep to increase your risk of developing cancer.  It can be difficult to commit to a nightly sleep hygiene routine, but try to pick a time to have “lights out” (and I mean OUT) and follow through.  This would optimally be between 10-11 PM.  If you are already having sleep issues, some things to try are turning off all electronics for at least one hour before bed, keeping your thermostat set to below 70 degrees, and sleeping in as close to total darkness as possible.  If you’re still having trouble, I would recommend consulting your physician on melatonin supplementation to help get you back on track with your sleep/wake cycles.   There are many additional benefits to melatonin supplementation, including a decrease in muscle soreness and tension, but by far the most profound would be its potential to aid in disease prevention.  According to a study in the Journal of Pineal Research, supplementation with melatonin has been shown to reduce the risk of cancer by regulating the sleep wake cycle and thereby regulating hormone production and gene expression.  The study also concluded that melatonin can help to decrease this risk by inhibiting the growth of several cancer types while also signaling cancer-cell specific death.   J Pineal Res. 2005 Nov;39(4):360-6. PMID:...

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An article by Cole Bradburn – Why Infants Need Chiropractic Care

An article by Cole Bradburn – Why Infants Need Chiropractic Care

Why Infants Need Chiropractic Care by Cole Bradburn It is common to get strange looks from people I talk to about taking infants to the chiropractor.  I know what is going through their heads: is it safe…babies don’t have back pain…do babies get adjusted the same way I do?  These are legitimate concerns for any parent, but to answer them I will begin with the most important question: WHY? Let’s start with the obvious.  When was the last time you tried to squeeze through a 10cm hole? Being born is tough work, there are a lot of pressures and forces being exerted onto your baby during their journey into the world.  A current study demonstrated that 90% of newborns suffered birth trauma and associated strain through the neck and cranial areas following birth: Over 1500 babies were studied periodically across an eight year period by Viola Frymann, an American osteopathic doctor. All babies were examined within the first five days of birth; in fact, many were checked within the first 24 hours of birth. This study revealed that approximately: • 10% of the newborn babies had perfect, freely mobile skulls or cranial mechanisms. • 10% had severe trauma to the head, evident even to untrained observers. • The remaining 80% all had some strain patterns in the cranial mechanism. Left uncorrected this trauma continues to impact your baby’s spinal growth and development, reducing the healthy function of their nervous system.  This can cause many health challenges later in life that could easily have been prevented. The first year of life is the greatest time of spinal elongation A baby’s spine lengthens by 50% by the time they reach one year old!  At no other time does this growth happen so rapidly, so you want to make sure your baby is in proper alignment ensuring proper symmetrical growth. The Hueter-Volkman law states that bones change shape with pressure by slowing bone growth in response to pressure (compression forces).  Any spinal misalignment changes the balance of pressure across the spinal bones and can lead to asymmetric bone development.  This is the difference between having a spine like a straight, strong Oak tree versus a crooked tree. The first year of life is also the time of spinal curvature development.  There are curves called “lordosis” present in your neck and lower back, and curves called a “kyphosis” in your mid-back and sacrum. These spinal curves are necessary for movement, balance, upright posture, protection, and shock absorption.  Without being in alignment during this crucial time your baby’s spinal curves may not develop properly – giving them a poor foundation for later in life. Optimize the function of the nervous system The central nervous system consists of the brain and spinal cord, and it...

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